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  • Shipped in ON, QC, NB, NS, PE


Ajuga tenorei 'Chocolate Chip' ('Valfredda')

Chocolate Chip Bugleweed, Chocolate Chip Ajuga

Main interest:
dwarf ground-cover, grow slower than other Ajuga, dark chocolate purple foliage, showy violet blue flowers, low maintenance
full sun to full shade
Soil humidity:
dry to moist soil
Growth type:
slow running
Flower colour:
Mildly fragrant
Flowering period:
May to June
glossy chocolate purple
USDA Hardiness:
zone 4a: -34.5 °C (-30 °F) View Zone Map
Mature height & width (max.):
height: 3 in (8 cm) width: 12 in (30 cm)
border, container, shade garden, ground-cover, banks and slopes stabilization, pollinator garden

Chocolate Chip Bugleweed is an extremely short perennial that is most valued as an attractive, creeping ground cover. The foliage of this bugleweed is shiny, narrow and oval shaped. They are chocolate, purple and dark green in colour. Chocolate Chip Bugleweed is known as an extremely dwarf variety, reaching a maximum height of about 0.25 ft (0.08 m). The flowers are a deep violet to blue, fragrant, and appear on short spikes in the late spring/early summer. These flowers are beneficial to local pollinator species, like bees and butterflies. Cut back spent flowers to promote plant health and appearance.

Ajuga tenorii is a much tighter, less aggressive spreader than varieties of Ajuga reptans, which makes it easier to control. This plant is easy to grow. It can tolerate full sun and full shade but typically does best in partial shade (4-6 hours direct sun). Chocolate Chip Bugleweed is also able to grow well in a range of soil types and moisture levels.

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Ships ON, QC, NB, PE, NS

Synonym(s): Ajuga tenorei 'Valfredda', Ajuga x tenorii 'Chocolate Chip', Ajuga tenorii 'Chocolate Chip', Ajuga tenorii 'Valfredda', Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip'

Also known as: Chocolate Chip Bugle Weed, Chocolate Chip Carpet Bugle, Black-leaved Bugleweed, Black Bugle, Black Ajuga, Black Leaf Bugleweed, Dwarf Bugleweed, Tenore's Bugle, Tenore Bugleweed

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